James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.


Who will be out for Out?

6 February 2016 10:30

The Leave campaigns continue to bicker with each other in increasingly absurd fashion, but it would be wrong to think…

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Does the UN not realise that Julian Assange has detained himself?

4 February 2016 12:18

Even by the high standards of the UN, its report on Julian Assange is ridiculous bordering on comic. The BBC…

EU statement: Eurosceptic Tories strikingly civil to Cameron

3 February 2016 14:54

The great confrontation between David Cameron and Eurosceptic Tory backbenchers did not materialise today. Instead, the tone of the questions…

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Jeremy Corbyn is right: Cameron should have made his EU speech in the Commons

2 February 2016 14:17

With David Cameron in Chippenham, it was left to the Europe Minister David Lidington to respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s urgent…


Emergency brake breakthrough, claims Downing Street

31 January 2016 22:34

Donald Tusk will not circulate the proposed draft UK/EU deal tomorrow. It had been thought that Tusk would put out…


Downing Street expects draft EU deal to disappoint

30 January 2016 10:30

We are only days away from seeing Donald Tusk’s proposed text for the UK/EU deal. The President of the European…


Merging the various Out campaigns is not the biggest challenge, winning is

29 January 2016 9:43

What could be worse, from a Eurosceptic perspective, than multiple Out campaigns? One Out campaign that can’t win. Those Eurosceptics…

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Three reasons why this Eurosceptic infighting is such a gift to David Cameron

28 January 2016 10:10

There will have been gales of laughter in Downing Street and the In campaign this morning as they read Sam…

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PMQs: Corbyn misses his chance over Google’s tax deal

27 January 2016 13:20

Today’s PMQs was an opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn to embarrass the government and align himself with public anger over how…

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How many Tory MPs will back staying in the EU?

23 January 2016 10:30

With the government still convinced that there’s a better than 50:50 chance of a deal at the February EU Council…

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What’s the hold up with the British Bill of Rights?

16 January 2016 10:27

Before the election, the Tories talked about introducing a British Bill of Rights in their first 100 days in office.…

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How many EU referendums we will end up having?

14 January 2016 18:33

The pre EU referendum skirmishing stepped up a notch today. Chris Grayling became the first member of the Cabinet to…

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Policy Exchange’s latest hire shows that integration is now a key government issue

14 January 2016 11:51

Few think tanks have been as associated with the Cameron project as Policy Exchange. Its alumni are dotted in various…

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PMQs: It seems that David Cameron has no desire to expand Heathrow

13 January 2016 13:34

Will the Tory party be able to come back together again after the EU referendum? Well, today’s PMQs suggested the…

Conservatives Campaign In The Fourth Week Of The General Election

Which way will Boris and Gove go on Europe?

9 January 2016 10:30

David Cameron might have announced this week that Cabinet Ministers will be allowed to campaign for Out come the EU…

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PMQs: Corbyn’s farcical reshuffle has overshadowed everything else

6 January 2016 13:19

Jeremy Corbyn actually asked six reasonable questions at PMQs today. But his attack on the government’s handling of the floods…

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Has Liz Truss just declared her support for Cameron in the EU referendum?

6 January 2016 10:42

David Cameron’s declaration that ministers will be able to campaign on the opposite side from him come the EU referendum…

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Voters will be offered two deeply imperfect options in the EU referendum

29 December 2015 16:00

By this time next year Britain will, if the government has its way, have voted on whether or not this…

Conservatives Campaign In The Fourth Week Of The General Election

Boris for Foreign Secretary?

19 December 2015 8:43

David Cameron is warming to the idea of making Boris Johnson Foreign Secretary. As I write in The Sun this…

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The Vote Leave campaign could be formidable – but it has an Achilles heel

17 December 2015 17:55

As David Cameron prepares to make his case to European leaders over dinner this evening, the Out campaign is stepping…


PMQs: Cameron tries to bring Christmas cheer to the Commons

16 December 2015 13:29

The last PMQs before Christmas will not live long in the memory. After last week’s rather entertaining Eagle Osborne clash,…

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The Lords back down on votes at 16 for the EU referendum

14 December 2015 17:30

The House of Lords has tonight rejected a Labour amendment that would have given 16 and 17 year olds the…

A new part, the second level of the metal fence is built by Hungarian prisoners from the Csilla jail of Szeged town at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke village, on September 10, 2015.

The EU plan to seize control of national borders

11 December 2015 18:09

When the EU is in crisis, the Commission’s answer is, inevitably, more Europe. So, its response to the migrant crisis…

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The ground forces problem

8 December 2015 18:33

As the row over David Cameron saying that the Joint Intelligence Committee estimate there to be 70,000 potential anti-Islamic State…

Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

How the shadow Cabinet voted

2 December 2015 23:32

A majority of the shadow Cabinet voted with Jeremy Corbyn tonight in opposing extending air strikes against Islamic State to…